City Lights Authors in the News

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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

"Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed Poet Laureate"

Announcement in Library Journal of Juan Felipe Herrera's appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate, and his new book published by City Lights, Notes on the Assemblage.
"Herrera begins his new job by participating in the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5, and by opening the library’s annual literary season with a reading of his work at the Coolidge Auditorium on Tuesday, September 15. (That same month, City Lights will release his new collection, Notes on the Assemblage.)"

-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Jun 11, 2015

"Juan Felipe Herrera named first Latino poet laureate of the U.S."

Announcement of Juan Felipe Herrera's appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate, mentioning his forthcoming book with City Lights, Notes on the Assemblage, as well as as brief profile on the poet.
"Herrera has written 28 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, including the 2014 picture book Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes. City Lights Books will publish Notes on the Assemblage, a collection of poems, in September."

-John McMurtrie, SF Gate Jun 10, 2015

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Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux

"Interview with Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux"

Victoria Harper interviews the authors about Disposable Futures, in which Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux analyze how today's dominant economic system uses privatization, mass media and the spectacle of violence to neutralize and control the public. They say, "Violence is the principal recourse and default for those societies in which the social state is under attack . . . The book as such is less about the "exceptional moments in history," but speaks instead to those contemporary forms of disposability that have become so normalized, where the burden of guilt is placed on the shoulders of the victims, while the most pernicious of systemic abuses continue to hide things in plain sight. In doing so, we hope that it offers and enables a critical angle of vision that goes well beyond the mere authentication of lives as simply born vulnerable to question the systemic design for oppression and exploitation that produces humans as some expendable category."

-Truthout May 10, 2015

"Excerpt from the first chapter of 'Disposable Futures'"

In Disposable Futures, Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux analyze how today's dominant economic system uses privatization, mass media and the spectacle of violence to neutralize and control the public. An Excerpt from the first chapter of Disposable Futures: "There is no greater task today than to develop a critique of violence adequate to our deeply unjust, inequitable, and violent times. Only then might we grasp the magnitude and depths of suffering endured on a daily basis by many of the world's citizens. Only then might we move beyond the conceit of a neoliberal project, which has normalized violence such that its worst manifestations become part of our cultural "pastimes." And only then might we reignite a radical imagination that is capable of diagnosing the violence of the present in such a manner that we have the confidence to rethink the meaning of global citizenship in the twenty-first century."

-Truthout May 6, 2015

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

"Mumia Abu-Jamal: Writing on the Wall, Selected Writings"

Johanna Fernández, editor of Writing on the Wall, appears on Wanda's Picks Radio to talk about the book and Mumia’s continued commitment to journalism despite being confined for over 30 years.

-Wanda Sabir, Wanda's Picks Radio Jun 26, 2015

"Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal"

Dr. Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed by Sonali Kolhatkar for Uprising Radio on Mumia Abu-Jamal, his current medical condition, and the new book of his writings from City Lights. Full audio with video excerpt.

-Uprising Radio May 6, 2015

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career
The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan

"PW Picks: Books of the Week June 29, 2015"

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career selected by Publishers Weekly as a book of the week for June 29, 2015

-Publisher's Weekly Jun 29, 2015

"Summer Reading Guide: The 136 Books You'll Want to Read"

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career selected in the memoir/bio section of the Los Angeles Times summer reading list, among 27 other nonfiction books.
"A collection of the letters, spanning over four decades, between "Howl" poet Ginsberg and City Lights co-founder Ferlinghetti, both Beat Generation legends. (June)"

-Los Angeles Times May 28, 2015

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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"WORD Bookstores Books of the Week"

WORD Bookstores recommends the City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology 60th Anniversary Edition.
"The venerable San Francisco publisher/bookseller commemorates six decades of courageous, innovative poetry."

-Largehearted Boy Jun 17, 2015

"At 96, Poet and Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet"

Lawrence Ferlinghetti interviewed and profiled on NPR Books, concentrating on his legacy as a publisher, his book A Coney Island of the Mind, living in San Francisco today, and his new books commemorating City Lights 60th anniversary, City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology 60th Anniversary Edition and the book of selected letters between he and Allen Ginsberg.
"What the customers won't see is Ferlinghetti himself. At 96, he rarely visits the bookstore anymore, but he still lunches regularly with friends and keeps a brisk schedule with visitors. And 2015 is a busy year: He's publishing a 60th anniversary edition of the City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology, a collection of poetry packaged to fit into anyone's back pocket or purse; a book of selected correspondence between himself and Allen Ginsberg; and Writing Across the Landscape, a compilation of his travel journals dating back to 1944."

-Richard Gonzales, NPR Books Jun 11, 2015

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Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook
David Meltzer

"A Poem Is a Two-Way Mirror Concealing the Page"

Jake Marmer visits with Beat icon David Meltzer, 'still performing and confounding, still showing the way' with a full profile of Meltzer, his new book Two-Way Mirror, City Lights, and Meltzer’s fascinating relationship with Jewish mysticism.

-Tablet Magazine May 4, 2015

"SERPENT POWER: City Lights Looks Forward to David Meltzer's Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook"

Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog profiles the work of David Meltzer, recently highlighted on the City Lights blog, where his newest work, Two-Way Mirror was previewed.

-Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Feb 23, 2015

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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight No. 13
Elaine Kahn

"Poetry Is Not the Final Girl: Elaine Kahn"
Elaine Kahn is interviewed by Trisha Low for Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog: "Elaine Kahn and I have a long-standing agreement that either of us can flake on any scheduled date we have to hang out because of reasons of emotional distress and/or exhaustion. This means that we don't see each other often because one of us is usually always crying, but that doesn’t really matter. The feeling of knowing that your friend is letting you self-care is often the higher form of love than actually hanging out. And I love Elaine exactly as she is. Distressed, exhausted, and most of all, crying on Instagram.

"My friend Claire says often that if you see a woman crying on the street, and you ask her why, chances are that she’s crying because of some reason that is ultimately reducible to just being a woman, which might be the greatest horror there is. But on the flip side probably the best thing thing about being a woman is having the prerogative to burn it all to the ground. And no one knows this better than one Ms. Elaine Kahn. So her and I will say thanks very much and goodbye hey also I’d watch out for that gasoline if I were you."

-Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Apr 30, 2015

"On Being-Hated: Damien Hurst, Alli Warren, Kissing the Wall"

A report from the Women in Public reading at City Lights bookstore as well as other observations by Trisha Low.

-SFMOMA Open Space Apr 8, 2015

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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger

"Joanne Kyger & Bill Berkson @ SFPL"

Video: Bill Berkson reading from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press) and Joanne Kyger reading from On Time (City Lights Books) for National Poetry Month at the San Francisco Public Library on April 14th, 2015

-Litseen Apr 19, 2015

"Arriving Without a Sound: Three Poems on Zen and Its Passage"

3 poems by Joanne Kyger, appearing in On Time, excerpted on Tricycle Magazine's blog. "Myokyo Dream," “There Are Those Buddhists,” and “Unlimited Growth on a Planet of Finite Size”

-Tricycle Apr 22, 2015

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In Search of the Movement
The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now
Benjamin Hedin

"Interview with Ben Hedin"

Gregory Abdur-Rasheed interviews Ben Hedin on his "The Root and Roots Show"

-The Roots and Roots Show Jun 26, 2015

"Interview with Benjamin Hedin"

In this interview, KGNU's Claudia Cragg talks with Benjamin Hedin who set out to look for the Civil Rights movement. Hedin wanted to find the movement in its contemporary guise which, he says, which also meant answering the critical question of what happened to it after the 1960s. In his new book (In Search of the Movement: City Lights) he profiles legendary figures like John Lewis, Robert Moses, and Julian Bond, and also visits with contemporary leaders such as William Barber II and the staff of the Dream Defenders.

-KGNU May 7, 2015

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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

"Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio"

"'The response has been incredible,' said Schatz. To date, the book has spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and parents have been snapping photos of their kids reading it around the country."

-Minnesota Public Radio Jun 30, 2015

"Schatz and Stahl featured on Urban Outfitters' blog"

"Through stories and illustrations, Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl's book Rad American Women A-Z documents some of the country’s most influential and unsung heroines. Inspired by the book, Miriam Stahl created two exclusive papercut illustrations featuring the portraits of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, two radically important voices in the gay and trans movement.
Urban Outfitters will be donating 100% of the proceeds from these tees directly to The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a New York-based organization working to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression. To learn more about the rad women who both inspired and created the project, we visited Stahl’s Berkeley studio and spoke with both women about the collaboration."

-Urban Outfitters' blog Jun 29, 2015

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The Poetry Deal
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5
Diane di Prima

"Winner of NCIBA Poetry Award"

Booksellers in Northern California voted for their favorite books by local authors from last year. The Poetry Deal won the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Award for Poetry!

-NCIBA Apr 13, 2015

"Interview with Diane di Prima, SF Chronicle"

Jonah Raskin interviews Diane di Prima about her new book, The Poetry Deal.

-Jonah Raskin, SF Chronicle Nov 5, 2014

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee

"Pride Month Reading List"

Man Alive included in the National Book Foundation's 2015 Pride Month reading list for nonfiction. Jun 25, 2015

"27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced"

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee wins the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction!

-Lambda Literary Jun 2, 2015

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

"The Melancholy Muse: Mylene Fernández Pintado on Stories, Sentinels, and Staying in Cuba"

A profile and interview with Mylene Fernández-Pintado, author of A Corner of the World, touching her life as a writer in Cuba, her U.S. tour in the Fall of 2014, and more.
"Fernández's works have been translated into numerous languages from Italian to Icelandic, but her most recent novel, A Corner of the World (City Lights Books, 2014), which tells the story of a couple with irreconcilable differences (he wants to leave Cuba; she wants to stay), is her first to be translated into English. During this historic time of changing US-Cuban relations, A Corner of the World is also one of the rare books published in the US by a writer currently living in Cuba, opening a new window into the island for American readers."

-Los Angeles Review of Books Jun 20, 2015

"9 Books About Cuba to Celebrate Normalization of American-Cuban Relations"

A Corner of the World chosen by Bustle as one of the best books about Cuba, in light of the normalization of American-Cuban relations.

-Hannah Nelson-Teutsch, Bustle

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

"Interview with Henry Giroux"

Henry Giroux also explores what he calls the "soft war" on youth -- a campaign where digital space is so corporatized that it de-politicizes the young. Massive student debt has financially incarcerated them while their unemployment rate surges.   What's to be done?  This episode of Ideas explores that question using excerpts from a talk he gave as part of the Spur series, and from an interview with host, Paul Kennedy.

-CBC Radio Apr 17, 2015

"Interview with Michael Slate at KPFK"

Henry Giroux discusses torture, Carl Dix on the fight against police brutality, and more with KPFK's Michael Slate.

-KPFK Jan 5, 2015

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

"Bookmarks: National Poetry Month"


For National Poetry Month 2015, Keith Orr (owner of Ann Arbor's Language Bookstore) offers insight into the importance of poetry while recommending great works to both those old and new to the genre. Included in this list (besides Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems) is Lenelle Moïse’s Haiti Glass from City Lights/Sister Spit.
"Sixty Years after the publication of "Howl," City Lights began a collaboration with poet and author Michelle Tea to publish two to three books a year under the imprint of Sister Spit. Tea is the author of Valencia, founder of the Radar Reading series, co-founder of the legendary Sister Spit literary tours and cultural promoter. The imprint is grabbing the attention of the LGBT literary world.
"The imprint's first collection of poetry already has received a Lambda Literary nomination. Lenelle Moise is a playwright and performance artist, and it comes through in her debut collection of poetry. Alternating rhythms of hip hop and Haiti drive these poems of identity. The vodou of Haiti is a constant point of reference in her grappling of a Haitian-American identity. Even in her ode to Michael Jackson, 'a pump of bony pelvis' she calls him a ghede (spirit) and zombie."


-Pride Source Apr 30, 2015

"Live Art Magazine Issue II"

Lenelle Moïse talks to Monte Belmonte and reads from her book Haiti Glass for Live Art Magazine II on WRSI in Northampton, where she was the Poet Laureate from 2010-2012.

-Monte Belmonte, WRSI - Northampton Oct 22, 2014

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The End of San Francisco
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

"Pride Month Reading List"

The End of San Francisco included in the National Book Foundation's 2015 Pride Month reading list for nonfiction. Jun 25, 2015


City Lights is proud to announce that Mattilda's The End of San Francisco is the winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction.

-Lambda Literary Awards Jun 12, 2014